The connection between the beautiful Miss Terry and the Watts Gallery is, of course, that a very young Ellen married G F Watts. Like all good Victorian marriages she was a teenager and he was a man in his 40s with a great big beard and it lasted all of five minutes. Mind you, in the grand scheme of things both parties seem to emerge from the debacle with more dignity than some other couples I could mention. Yes, Ruskins, I'm looking at you. Well, despite the disastrous marriage, her marriage began her mirror career as painter's muse, in works such as this...
|Choosing (1864) G F Watts|
|Sadness, Ellen Terry at 16 (1864) Julia Margaret Cameron|
|Charles John Kean and Ellen Terry|
as Leontes and Mamillius in 'The Winter's Tale' (1856)
|The Sisters (1863) G F Watts|
|Watchman, What of the Night? (1864) G F Watts|
|Ellen Terry (1872)|
|Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth (1888)|
|Ellen Terry as Ophelia (1896) Edward Gordon Craig|
|Ellen Terry as Rosamund de Clifford in Tennyson's Becket (1893) Aubrey Beardsley|
The exhibition runs until 11 November 2014 and further details can be found here.